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Mock Draft: Version 5

Thursday, June 17, 2010

16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Bobcats) – James Anderson G/F Oklahoma State

They've got Jonny Flynn (and eventually (maybe) Ricky Rubio) to run the point, and Corey Brewer at shooting guard. Anderson looks like an NBA swingman, and while he won't be a great player, he is a very good shooter – and Minnesota could certainly use one of those.

17. Chicago Bulls (via Bucks) – Eric Bledsoe G Kentucky

He can play either guard spot and would make for a nice backup for Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose. He's primarily a shooting guard, although he's undersized and struggled in the NCAA Tourney.

18. Miami Heat – Avery Bradley G Texas

The Heat are obviously desperate for a point guard, so they may throw Bradley out there and see if he sticks – if he's still available. He loves to shoot and isn't the fastest guy around, but should be able to have a decent NBA career. It's possible Bradley could end up going much higher, but for now, our guess is the Heat would love to get their hands on him. He could also go much earlier, if the Pacers decide they want to draft a point guard.

19. Boston Celtics - Paul George G/F Fresno State

Tony Allen is probably not the answer for the Celtics' bench and knee surgeries are surely going to cut his career short. The Celtics are also old, and could lose Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to free agency. They could get a steal by taking George here, but we've also seen mocks that have him going as high as No. 11. He started out as a relative unknown this year, but is quickly gaining fans in the NBA. He's an athletic power dunker who can contribute in almost any fantasy-scoring category, and averaged nearly 17 points and seven boards for Fresno. He's our favorite sleeper in the draft, and we doubt we're alone in that thinking.

20. San Antonio Spurs – Patrick Patterson PF Kentucky

Patterson reminds us of guys like Carl Landry, DeJuan Blair and Jason Thompson, and could end up being a double-double machine. The Spurs already have Blair, but Tim Duncan's years are running out and the Spurs could use another big man. Patterson's stock has been all over the board, and it's possible he could go 10 picks earlier than this, as well.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Solomon Alabi C Florida State

Alabi averaged 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and a school-record 2.1 blocked shots in 77 games for the Seminoles. The Thunder have long had a problem at center so don't be surprised if they take a flier on Alabi and see if it works out for once.

22. Portland Trail Blazers – Kevin Seraphin PF France

The Blazers have never been afraid to roll the dice on European players, although Kevin Pritchard won't be calling the shots much longer. The Blazers are long on centers, but not too deep at power forward, and might be willing to stash Seraphin for a year or two.

23. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Jazz) – Quincy Pondexter SF Washington

If the Wolves follow my script, they may not need a small forward like Pondexter here. But Ryan Gomes may not be the long-term answer at SF for the Wolves, and Pondexter will surely be in play here. He's aggressive and quick, and could become a solid bench player for the Wolves. He could also fall into the second round.

24. Atlanta Hawks – Gani Lawal PF Georgia Tech

Lawal not only went to high school in Atlanta, but college as well. He also had a good workout for the Hawks recently and fits a need in their frontcourt. Ideally, the Hawks would like to get a true center, but picking this late, Lawal might be the best thing they're going to get.

25. Memphis Grizzlies (via Denver) – Damion James F Texas

Rudy Gay is a free agent and Zach Randolph is entering the last year of his contract, so the Grizzlies might need a small forward ASAP. James may not be around at No. 25, but would be the pick if he falls. James seems to have all the tools to be a quality combo forward in the NBA, but will need to improve his jump shot.

26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Suns) – Larry Sanders PF VCU

First of all, I love Larry Sanders, the fictional talk show host, and his sidekick Hank. But I also kind of love the Larry Sanders who played at VCU last year. He plays great D, rebounds and blocks shots. The Thunder could use another big body to complement Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and James Harden. Hey now…

27. New Jersey Nets (via Dallas) – Jordan Crawford SG Xavier

Crawford is mostly famous for dunking on LeBron James last year, but he's quickly making a name for himself with dynamic workouts for NBA teams. He's starting to look like a sure bet to go in the first round, and the Nets might take the bait. They're a little heavy already at shooting guard with Courtney Lee and Chris Douglas-Roberts, but neither of those players is really guaranteed to play their way into being must-starts for the Nets. And if the Nets end up with Favors at No. 3, they're going to want a player who can step in and go right away.

28. Memphis Grizzlies (via Lakers) – Craig Brackins PF Iowa State

Zach Randolph is in the last year of his contract and Brackins' stock is on the rise. He's got a high basketball IQ and is a team player in every sense of the word. Darrell Arthur doesn't look like the answer, but Brackins might be.

29. Orlando Magic – Terrico White SG Mississippi

White is freakishly athletic and has as much potential as any player outside of the Top 5. He is inconsistent and might lose concentration at times, but with Vince Carter's future in Orlando (and the NBA) running out of steam, taking White here makes sense.

30. Washington Wizards (via Cleveland) – Dominique Jones G South Florida

Jones is a combo guard out of South Florida who could slide into Round 2. He can create his own shot and looks like he'll play shooting guard in the NBA. The Wizards need all the help they can get, and Jones could be a solid NBA player, backing up Arenas.

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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